Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

A Font Is at the Heart of Pakistan's Prime Minister's Legal Troubles

A Font Is at the Heart of Pakistan's Prime Minister's Legal Troubles

A typeface has sparked uproar in Pakistan after documents using the font were produced in a corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - despite being dated a year before the design was released.

As far as Nawaz Sharif is concerned, his term as a prime minister ends next year and Maryam Sharif is regarded as his potential successor. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Jehangir Tareen claimed that divisions have surfaced within the PML-N over resignation of the prime minister. Leaders from opposition parties said that Sharif's authority has been significantly eroded after the JIT report was submitted in the Supreme Court. The opposition began targeting Sharif as the documents revealed that the premier's three children - including his heir apparent, daughter Maryam Nawaz - owned offshore assets worth millions of dollars. The first line of the post says: "Calibri is a humanist sans-serif typeface family designed by Lucas de Groot in 2004 and reached the general public on January 30, 2007".

Sharif produced documents which she claimed were from 2006, which purported to show she was only a trustee of the high-end properties and did not own them.

A similar meeting was held yesterday by the prime minister after the report was submitted to the Supreme Court. Here's the problem: The deed appears to be typed in the Microsoft Calibri font, which wasn't rolled out until 2007.

The leaked financial documents, known as the Panama Papers, listed Sharif's two sons and daughter as holders of offshore accounts.

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Isalmabad, July14:The Microsoft font Calibri could be an unlikely smoking gun in a corruption scandal which has mired Pakistan's ruling family and captivated the country.

Based on that assessment, the JIT rejected the papers as "falsified" in a report issued earlier this week, and seen by AFP.

The joint investigation team (JIT) in its reply to Hussain Nawaz's petition had informed the apex court that they had identified the person who had leaked Hussain Nawaz's picture in the social media, and that person had been sent back to its department.

The meeting - the fourth high-level meeting in five days - was called amid reports of ruptures within the ranks of PML-N. The country's Supreme Court ordered a group of investigators to look into the matter, culminating the report produced this week, the report added. The editorial found fault with the Sharif family in not going the extra mile to provide evidence and explanations to the satisfaction of the investigators.

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